Madison musician Spencer Bible is probably best known locally for his radical stylistic reinterpretations of his project Tippy, which splits between being a stark, echoey, electronically based solo act and a charmingly hangdog four-piece rock band. But my favorite project of his has always been Christian Dior, a uniquely aggressive duo that juggles downtuned, surprisingly earthbound shoegaze, covertly melodic and aggrieved noise-punk, whirlwind drumming from his Tippy cohort Mike Pellino, and oddly contemplative periods of calm in between the thrashing. On their 2015 double-EP release Patriot Glass/Dioria, Bible showcased his effects-addled guitar playing and put together a lot of forceful, roughly recorded and hard-edged material that vacillated between anger and apathy without giving either emotion short shrift. Making a bunch of emotionally ambiguous material like this signify without it becoming enigmatically unrewarding is much harder to pull off than it may appear, and the double-EP remains an accomplishment.
Christian Dior hasn't performed very often over the last two years due to the band members' focus on Tippy (and separately in other projects, including Miyha, We Should Have Been DJs, and Sleep Now Forever), so this is a good opportunity to catch them jumping around, abusing their instruments and engaging in obscurely contemptuous banter (you'd admittedly still get that last thing with Tippy's preplanned stage routines). Hear more about them on a recent episode of the Tone Madison podcast. They share this bill with two other Madison acts: Carbon Bangle, who have managed to put together a credible answer to the question of what it would sound like if In On The Kill Taker-era Fugazi got spliced together in a petri dish with the Mars Volta, and Hex House, a new, unrecorded trio in town that explores moody, atmospheric, loop-based math rock. —Mike Noto